Grand jury indicts man in robbery, slaying

A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man was indicted on armed robbery and second-degree murder charges Wednesday in the Dec. 23 shooting death of a man on 75th Street.

Brandon Seals, 20, 3022 Courtland Circle, arranged to meet Otis Taylor and another unidentified man in the 2000 block of 75th Street to sell Taylor an iPhone, police said when Seals was arrested in April.

When Taylor and the other victim arrived, Seals tried to rob them, police stated.

Seals shot Taylor, 32, multiple times while the second victim escaped without injury, police said.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Seals on one count each of second-degree murder, armed robbery, attempted second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison. Armed robbery is punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Seals’ case was assigned to state District Judge Richard Anderson.

At the time of his arrest, Seals was already in Parish Prison in the Dec. 12 armed robbery of a man on Great Smokey Avenue during another iPhone sale scam, police said.